Hives Treatment

hives treatmentGuardian featured Harley Street IBS, Autoimmune & Skin Clinic addresses the underlying issues, not just the symptoms in Hives treatment.

Hives Treatment: What is Hives or Urticaria?

Hives, also known as Urticaria, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques (wheals) on the skin that appear suddenly — either as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens, or for other reasons.


  • Raised itchy bumps, either red or skin-coloured
  • “Blanching” (when pressed, the centre of a red hive turns white)

Hives usually cause itching but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, or ears. Hives vary in size (from a pencil eraser to a dinner plate) and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques. They can last for hours, or up to one day before fading.

Hives Triggers

  • Some food (especially peanuts, eggs, nuts and shellfish)
  • Medications, such as antibiotics (especially penicillin and sulfa), aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Physical stimuli, such as pressure, cold, heat, exercise or sun exposure
  • Latex
  • Blood transfusions
  • Bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections and strep throat
  • Viral infections, including the common cold, infectious mononucleosis and hepatitis
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Some plants, such as poison oak and poison ivy

Our Hives Treatment 

The first step is to identify the root cause, or the imbalances, that are triggering symptoms. Collecting this information is essential to determine the course of treatment. Functional medicine tests will identify any root underlying causes and then a tailored treatment plan for treating urticaria will be implemented utilising non pharmaceutical medicine.

We also address any gut issues, which are often associated with this condition.


Validity and responsiveness of the Urticaria Activity and Impact Measure: A new patient-reported tool. Maurer M, Mathias SD, Crosby RD, Rajput Y, Zazzali JL.Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2018 Jun;120(6):641-647. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2018.03.012. Epub 2018 Mar 19.PMID: 29567359 Clinical Trial.
[Chronic urticaria in childhood : Rational diagnostics and treatment]. Ott H.Hautarzt. 2017 Jul;68(7):571-582. doi: 10.1007/s00105-017-3985-5.PMID: 28474101 Review. German.
The maddening itch: an approach to chronic urticaria. Viegas LP, Ferreira MB, Kaplan AP.J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2014;24(1):1-5.PMID: 24765875 Review.
How to Approach Chronic Inducible Urticaria. Maurer M, Fluhr JW, Khan DA.J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018 Jul-Aug;6(4):1119-1130. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2018.03.007.PMID: 30033913 Review.
Levocetirizine in the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Nettis E, Colanardi MC, Barra L, Ferrannini A, Vacca A, Tursi A.Br J Dermatol. 2006 Mar;154(3):533-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2005.07049.x.PMID: 16445787 Clinical Trial.

If you would like to book an appointment

Contact Deborah’s Medical Secretary for an appointment